Quilt Speak

Quilts speak, and they certainly do with a story all their own. These stories were beautifully displayed at the museum. Come and read a few.

This is a pieced quilt made from 11,650 pieces of fabric none larger than a postage stamp. Mamie Dameron made this quilt after finishing her farm chores, and as a project to keep her from thoughts of her husbands 1932 death.

The fabric used in this quilt is chintz which is a printed cotton fabric with a polished look. This was a more expensive fabric to use.

Crazy quilt – These were made of a combination of different fabrics, sometimes fine silks and velvets. The fabric was cut in varied shapes with an overcast stitch to maintain the construction.

Applique is another type of quilting. This is done by adding a design with pieces of cloth to a foundation fabric.

Quilts can also be made as memories or history.

This is a thank you quilt made by Patience White, a slave. Once freed she continued to live with her enslaved family. It was during this time she was taught to read and write. This literacy occurred between 50 and 77 years of age. Patience, what a woman!

And nowdays the rage is quilts made from t-shirts. These can include anything from sports to places of interest visited.*

With over 500 quilts in the collection the exhibit will be changing as it continues. So, bring the kids to see this extraordinary exhibit. Who knows, it may create a new hobby for the family to enjoy together.

*not in exhibit

The North Carolina Museum of History

The final museum in this Raleigh tour was the North Carolina Museum of History. This Museum gave a portrayal of history and depicted North Carolina citizens during the various eras. Let’s start with those who lived here over 10,000 years ago those being, our native sons, the Cherokees.

In this area of the museum was an authentic Indian home. The Cherokee Indians lived in the remote mountains of North Carolina. They had little to do with white settlers until the 1700’s when trading began. Also in this area of the museum was Indian sculpture and a replica of their sports equipment, which were a chunkey and stickball, as seen in pictures below.

And can we forget the villain of the seas who strolled the Carolina waters? Here is a replica of the Blackbeard ship.

On to the Revolutionary War where a Continental Army soldier stood..

Slavery..

Civil War..

And reconstruction.

The Depression.

And on to happier days.. Flight and new innovations.

The North Carolina Sport Hall of Fame is housed at the museum. Begun in 1963 it honors many native sons and daughters who gained prominence in sports. Stop and view the introductory film at the beginning of this area. There are over 300 honored in this exhibit.

Separate from the Hall of Fame was the Legends of Racing. Here the race car of Dale Earnhardt, Sr., is displayed and a tribute to the Tar Heel racers.

At the end of the exhibit was an interesting movie bringing history to modern day. What a great way to end the visit.

Tomorrow: My favorite exhibit at the museum: Quilts